The collection began in 1974 with the Butler County (Ohio) chapter of the National Organization for Women. Buttons were used to engage people in conversations and to educate. For example, the 59-cent button when worn, elicited questions about what it meant. It represented that white women earned 59 cents for each dollar that a white male earned in the same job. It was a forerunner of ‘equal pay for equal work” legislation. The t-shirts carried messages and were often worn at marches and protests. Buttons, t-shirts and jewelry were worn to indicate political positions at a glance and to prompt dialogue for education. The collection, donated by Joanne McQueen and Kathy McMahon-Klosterman (founders of the Miami-Oxford chapter of NOW), dates from the 1970’s through the year 2000.